John Speranza Attorney Profile

John Speranza is a preeminent and widely respected litigator and trial attorney. Mr. Speranza received his bachelors degree from Colgate University, his Masters Degree (in Public Administration) from State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Union University, Albany Law School in 1971. He was admitted to practice law in 1972 and served as a Monroe County Assistant District Attorney for two years thereafter entering private practice where he has been steadily engaged for the past 37 years.


-Mr. Speranza is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the New York State Defenders Association and a lifelong member of the New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations. He has served on various committees and in various capacities inclusive of the following:
-Past representative of the Seventh Judicial District to the Criminal Justice Section of the New York Bar Association.
Monroe County Bar Association Board of Trustees (’02-’04).
-Past member of the Monroe County Bar Association Board of Governors of the Academy of Law continuing education trial program.
-Master Attorney of the Inns of Court.
-As a death penalty qualified attorney, Mr. Speranza has been a past member of the Capital Defense Screening Panel for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Fourth Department and charged with the critical function of  screening attorney applicants with regard to their credentials and qualifications to act as trial counsel for defendants charged with death penalty crimes.
-Mr. Speranza has served as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness of applicants for admission to the New York State Bar for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Fourth Department for the Seventh Judicial District since 1994 and was appointed Chairperson in 2006.
-Selected in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York State by the National Trial Lawyers Association for 3 successive years. The association is a national organization comprised of the top 100 trial lawyers for each state. Membership is obtained only to those attorneys tho exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.
-Listed for 20 years as a Best Lawyer in America in the area of “White Collar Criminal Defense” and “Non White Collar Criminal Defense” by the Best Lawyers Publication, as described in the fifteenth edition by Woodward/White publishers, “For more than a quarter century, Best Lawyers has been regarded – by both the legal profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Best Lawyers has received accolades from presidents of the American Bar Association, officials of state bar groups, corporate counsel, and journalists, all of whom have recognized that our lists provide an important service to the bar and to the pubic”.
– Of the Top 5% of eligible lawyers, was selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of “White Collar Criminal Defense” by Super Lawyers, a Woodward White Publication.
-Recipient of the prestigious and selective Monroe County Bar Association’s Charles F. Crimi Award in 2001.
-Recipient of the MCBA Robert C. Napier Award presented by the Criminal Defense League for Outstanding Achievement in the advocacy of the rights of the accused in 1993.
Member of the Federal Western District of New York Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection Committee –where he reviews qualifications and credentials of attorneys for admission to the panel.


“He’s an outstanding defense attorney who’s not only shared his knowledge and expertise with younger lawyers, but he’s also served on a number of commissions,” said now retired Judge Patricia Marks, supervising judge of the Criminal Court, Seventh Judicial District. “He’s a terrific lawyer and a credit to our community.”
“He is probably one of the most eloquent speakers and prolific writers that I know – he is a perfect example of a person who embodies the law as a noble profession.” – Judge Joseph Nesser, Monroe County Family Court
“He continually impresses me with his ability, his dedication to his clients and his real respect for the law. If you want to see how a lawyer should act, you just need look no farther than John Speranza,” U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa

Nathaniel Award Nominee